Understanding and managing system complexity is a critical challenge today as systems continue to grow in scale and complexity. This course is designed to help engineers address changes which induce, propagate, and amplify risk in the increasingly complex products and services they are required to develop. Students will get a solid grounding in complex systems, analysis of complex systems, and complexity management.
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What You'll Learn
- Motivate the need for system architecture by articulating the ideas of minimized rework and by offering examples of complexity in modern systems.
- Contrast several definitions of system architecture and construct a personal definition from your career examples.
- Differentiate systems thinking from other kinds of "thinking;" define a system, and articulate examples of things that are and are not systems. Apply system thinking to provide a perspective on a given project.
- Describe the architecture of systems and identify both architectural decisions and non-architectural decisions.
- Define and illustrate the system boundary and use it to identify system interfaces.
- Identify the constituent elements in architecture representations and place these in the context of the overall documentation of the system.
- Provide constructive criticism on the system architecture representations of others, including checking for completeness and consistency.
- Articulate more solution-neutral and less solution-neutral framings of a problem, and evaluate how solution-neutral to be for a given problem.
- Construct a design DSM, either by analyzing the design or by converting a graph of the system.
- Construct a process DSM and identify how it is different from a design DSM.
- Given a DSM, apply a sequencing algorithm to sort the components into modules or to sort tasks into groups.
- Describe rework and articulate the principles by which an analysis of change propagation could be conducted from a database of changes.
- Define the role of the architect and the stakeholders with whom the architect should work.
- Define the deliverables of the architect, with references to architectural frameworks and your career examples.
Dr. Bruce Cameron Faculty Director of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Director of the System Architecture Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Bruce Cameron Faculty Director of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Director of the System Architecture Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Faculty Director of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Director of the System Architecture Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Previously at MIT, Dr. Cameron ran the Commonality study, a 16-firm investigation of platforming returns that identified systemic downward pressure on commonality among firms, partially resulting from challenges related to capturing the costs of variety. Before coming to MIT, he worked as an engagement manager at a management consultancy and as a system engineer at MDA Space Systems, where he built hardware that is currently in orbit. He has also directed research projects for BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, NSTAR, AMGEN, Verizon, NASA, ES, and Skoltech. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and graduate degrees from MIT.
Dr. Edward F. Crawley Chairman of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Edward F. Crawley Chairman of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Chairman of the Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems online program, Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr. Crawley’s early research interests centered on structural dynamics, aeroelasticity, and the development of actively controlled and intelligent structures. Recently, his research has focused on the domain of the architecture and design of complex systems. Dr. Crawley’s work spans a range from the development of underlying theory, typified by a recent paper on the Algebra of Systems, to the development of methods and tools, such as Object Process Networks. Currently he is engaged on both NASA and oil exploration system designs. Dr. Crawley received an SB (1976) and an SM (1978) in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an ScD (1981) in Aerospace Structures from MIT.
Dr. Olivier de Weck Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Editor-in-Chief of Systems Engineering, INCOSE Fellow
Dr. Olivier de Weck Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Editor-in-Chief of Systems Engineering, INCOSE Fellow at Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Editor-in-Chief of Systems Engineering, INCOSE Fellow (MIT, INCOSE Fellow)
Dr. de Weck is also a Fellow of INCOSE and an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Executive Director of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE) project. Previously, from 2008 to 2011, he served as Associate Director of the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at MIT. Among the honors he has earned in his career are the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising (2006), the Marion MacDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising (2010), and an AIAA Teaching Award (2012). He has authored three books on systems engineering and 250 peer-reviewed papers.
Dov Dori Professor, System Design & Management
Dov Dori Professor, System Design & Management at Professor, System Design & Management (MIT)
Steven Eppinger General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science
Steven Eppinger General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science at General Motors LGO Professor of Management Science (MIT)
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- Modern Challenges and Complex Systems
- Systems Thinking and System Architecture
- Architectural Decisions vs. Design Decisions
- Architecture & Form
- Functional Analysis
- Concept and Solution Neutral Framing
- Architecture as Mapping of Function to Form
- DSM as Representation of System and Process
- Rework Model as Motivation for System Engineering
- Engineering Change Analysis, Implication for Architecture
- Roles of the Architect
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